June 15, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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COURT PAPERS ALLEGE PRINCIPAL TRIED TO COVER UP SEX ASSAULT SCANDAL
For nearly a decade, Sydney Dickerson was the principal for the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind. It was under her watch that dozens of students were robbed, raped and even gang raped by other students State taxpayers wound up paying $5.75 million to settle lawsuits linked to the violence, and five students were convicted as minors on sex assault charges. Now, new court records obtained by Hawaii News Now show that school staffers and contractors had asked Dickerson at least half a dozen times since 2006 to investigate sex assault allegations. They alleged that Dickerson either didn't look into them or didn't report the allegations to law enforcement. / Hawaii News Now
FAKE FUNDRAISER LEADS TO SCAM ALERT FROM MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Michigan School for the Deaf is warning people about a scam involving a young man telling people he's raising money for a trip. Incidents of people being asked for money took place in Warren and Ferndale, where the person that is deaf handed someone a note. "The note said that he plays football for Michigan School for the Deaf and is asking for donations to travel to Washington DC for a game," reads an alert from the Flint school, adding "That young Deaf gentleman is scamming people." / MLive.com
TAXI COMPANY ACCUSED OF DENYING SERVICE TO DEAF WOMAN
A taxi company in Passaic County has been accused by the state Attorney General's office of illegally denying service to a deaf woman who was using a telecommunications relay system to get service during a snowstorm. The state has filed a civil complaint in Superior Court in Passaic County accusing Clifton Taxi and Limousine of violating the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by denying service on the basis of a disability, Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy said in a statement. / NJ.com
FOR DEAF GRADUATE, NO LIMITATIONS AS LONG AS HE HAS SUPPORT
When Iromilson “Ro” Centeio came to America from his native Cape Verde, he was 13 years old. Not only could Centeio not speak English when he immigrated to Dorchester, he couldn’t communicate at all. Centeio is deaf, and had little formal schooling, leaving him with no common language to get his feelings or points across to anyone in his life. On Friday, Centeio graduated from the Learning Center for the Deaf. Not only can Centeio now communicate with his family and friends, he became president of his class. / MetroWest Daily News
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADS TOLD TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
The American School for the Deaf's 11-member graduating class was told to be strong through challenging encounters and to break down barriers during the school's 199th commencement ceremony Monday night. Heidi Henaire, state coordinator for the deaf for the Bureau of Rehab Services and keynote speaker, told graduates to be strong and know that tough experiences will help them grow. / The Hartford Courant
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DEAF WOMAN MISSING AFTER NIGHT OUT IN GLASGOW
A deaf woman has gone missing after a night out at a Glasgow bar. Kirsty Aitchison, 30, from Robroyston, who is a mother-of four, was last seen leaving the Campus bar in Sauchiehall Street at about 03:00 on Sunday. She is understood to communicate with sign language and had been attending a deaf event at the bar. Police have now issued an appeal in British Sign Language to encourage members of the deaf community to contact police with information. / BBC News
CHANNEL 4 TO AIR LIVE FOOTAGE OF DEAF PEOPLE HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME
Channel 4 is to broadcast live the moment that a group of deaf people are given the power of hearing for the first time, in what the broadcaster says will be a groundbreaking documentary. The program will follow a group of profoundly deaf people who are preparing to undergo surgery to have cochlear implants fitted. Each of the participants will have a miniature electronic device fitted, replicating the function of their damaged inner ear, but the implants will not be activated until the cameras are rolling. / The Telegraph
COLCHESTER'S FIRST CAFE WITH DEAF WAITRESS CATERS TO BSL USERS
Deaf customers at a Colchester café will now be able to sign for their order. Pete Hope, director of the Pavilion Café, wishes to establish the first commercial eatery in the town where staff can communicate with deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL). Each Thursday, deaf waitress Jessica White, 21, will man the counter. The inclusive venture will be evaluated monthly and subject to a successful trial, will continue. / Daily Gazette
CLAIMS BIRKDALE DEAF SCHOOL IS STILL BLIGHTED BY YOBS
A town centre councillor has claimed that the Birkdale deaf school site was not properly secured. Birkdale School for Hearing Impaired Children, which has been vacant since 2003, has become an eyesore in recent years. Yobs torched the Lancaster Road building in 2010, and residents have repeatedly complained about its poor condition. Now Clr Tony Dawson has claimed that contractors recently failed to secure the site properly. He also claimed that yobs intent on anti-social behaviour were still able to access the site. / Southport Visiter
MARGATE DEAF SCHOOL ABUSE: MP CRAIG MACKINLAY SEEKS URGENT REFORMS
Abuse at a school for the deaf was so severe that urgent reform of care is needed for the "extremely vulnerable," an MP's report has said. The Royal School for Deaf Children and its post-16 unit Westgate College in Margate, Kent, closed last December. Mobile-phone footage later showed carers drinking, stripping and swearing in front of vulnerable residents. Claims in the report by local MP Craig Mackinlay include staff taking "Motability cars on booze cruises." / BBC News
PRIEST BORN DEAF URGES SACRAMENTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
No matter how complicated it is to do, all children have a need and a right to religious education and access to the sacraments, said a priest who was born deaf and became blind 16 years ago. Opening the Year of Mercy jubilee celebration for the sick and persons with disabilities, Redemptorist Father Cyril Axelrod insisted sign language, tactile sign language and body language are "gifts of the Holy Spirit" meant to help Christians share the Gospel with all people. / Catholic News Service
Johannesburg, South Africa
NPA DENY BUNGLING DEAF MAN'S CASE
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has denied that it failed to place back on the roll the matter of a deaf man whose attacker was let go without being prosecuted. This was after the victim’s father found out last week when he went to court that the case was still not on the roll, despite promises by the NPA to ensure his deaf son received justice. The Star had reported how the prosecutor removed the matter from the roll, saying it would be difficult to prosecute. / IOL.co.za
WORLD DEAF TEAM FORCED TO AXE 8 OVER BUDGET
The Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) on Tuesday dropped eight athletes from the squad travelling to the World Deaf Athletics Championship in Bulgaria. The decision to reduce the travelling contingent from 31 to 23 was reached after the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts ordered the association to cut the number and the team ’s training camp period to fit into a constricted budget. DAAK subsequently presented a shorter list with major casualties being athletes participating in disciplines least likely to produce medals. / Citizen TV
MINISTER CHECKS IN WITH DEAF FOOD COURT CLEANER
Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin says country can and should do more to treat people with special needs with empathy and respect. The comments come after a video of a female customer verbally abusing a deaf food court cleaner was widely circulated online across the island and region. Tan visited the suddenly-famous Png Lye Heng on Friday, later telling his Facebook followers the man’s gracious reaction to the public incident was a testament to his character. /hrmasia
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LIFE & LEISURE
NOT EVERYONE IS CHARMED BY THOSE VIDEOS OF BABIES HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME
Comments on YouTube videos of babies hearing for the first time are mostly positive. People ooh and ahh over the child's responses to their mother's voice. But every video has some detractors. It would be easy to attribute the down votes to the immutable laws of the internet, which state "For everything, there is a hater." But there is more behind those down votes than just random negativity: It's a fight for a culture and a people who feel under attack. / The Daily Dot
RETREAT DAY HELD TO HELP DEAF CATHOLICS CONNECT IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY
A Catholic priest who serves the Archdiocese of Boston is ministering to the deaf community in Cumberland County. Father Shawn Carey led Retreat Day for deaf Catholics in Mechanicsburg. Father Carey is one of 14 deaf priests worldwide. The entire retreat is held in ASL with no voice interpretation. It gives the deaf hope to continue to practice their faith despite not always being able to communicate in a church. / Fox43.com
Green Bay, WI
DEAF MINISTRY INTEGRAL TO GREEN BAY CHURCH
Patricia Sebranek and Bob Kamasky were every bit as involved in the Mass at St. John the Evangelist Parish last Sunday morning as celebrants the Rev. Joe Dorner and Deacon Tom Mahoney. But Sebranek and Kamasky didn’t utter one word as they performed their duties. Even in silence, their roles were integral — Sebranek as a sign-language interpreter and Kamasky as an interpretive reader and drum player. Evangelist has served the deaf community for many years. / Green Bay Press Gazette
IMPLANT RESTORES SOME HEARING FOR WOMAN WHO WENT DEAF AFTER MENINGITIS, STROKE
About three years ago, Monroeville resident Donna Mahaffey started out her day the same way she had for the past 22 years as a bus driver, but before that day was over, her life would be changed forever. Donna, now 62, had finished her first run of the day and was about to take her break before her second run, but she never made it. The last thing she remembers was having back pains and being taken to a hospital. She awakened two days later after being in a coma. “I woke up and my world was silent,” she said. / Tribune-Review
ASDB LEADER SEEKS TO RAISE EXPECTATIONS FOR STATE'S DEAF. BLIND STUDENTS
As the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind began searching for a new leader, the agency was pulled in several directions. Questions of whether the new superintendent should have a background in deaf or blind education were pitted against the need to have a leader with administrative experience who could manage the $53 million budget and ensure the school complies with state standards. It turned out one candidate — Annette Reichman — could meet all of the school’s needs. / Tuscon.com
INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE WORKS WITH DEAF-BLIND WOMAN
Sandra Hein, an instructional aide at the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District, waits on the steps of the high school every morning and greets 19-year-old Brittany Eberle with a soft touch on the arm. Eberle cannot see, hear or speak, but the woman's family said Hein understands her all the same, picking up on everything from a groan to a gentle smile. Eberle, who is deaf-blind, has made strides in her development with the help of Hein, and the two have developed a bond that brings to mind that of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. / WRAL
OP-ED: DEAF ENTREPRENEURS ON THE RISE LOCALLY, NATIONALLY
There is a revolution happening in Rochester and all across the United States. The number of deaf people running their own businesses has grown by leaps and bounds. Technological advances have made it possible for these individuals to access networks, customers and suppliers. There are now growing networks of deaf entrepreneurs. / Democrat and Chronicle
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF RAPPER SIGNMARK SIGN/SINGS FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION
A deaf rapper? When Marko Vuoriheimo told his friends and family that he wanted to pursue a career in music he was met with everything from raised eyebrows to outright ridicule. “My teachers, relatives and some of my friends … didn’t really believe in my career at all,” said the Finnish native, whose stage name is Signmark. “But I thought, I’ll still get there and I want to … give an opportunity for this dream of mine.” And so he did. / The World Bank
AT HUNTINGTON, DEAF, GAY CHARACTER IS FOCUS OF POWERFUL NEW CRAIG LUCAS DRAMA
There is a lot to take in during the few scenes of “I Was Most Alive With You,” but like the title character in the “Book of Job,” an ancient writing alluded to continuously throughout the play, we can persevere and maintain our faith. There is much to learn and be enlightened by in Craig Lucas’ world premier play at the Calderwood Pavilion by the Huntington Theatre Company. Lucas both writes and directs this production. / The Patriot Ledger
THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE LISTENING TO MUSIC AS A DEAF PERSON
Anyone who thinks American Sign Language isn't hip-hop needs only to look at the videos of ASL interpreter and performer Amber Galloway Gallego. She turned A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar's "Fuckin' Problems" into a fist-thrusting anthem at Lollapalooza 2013; she took Eminem's "Rap God" and translated his dense, record-breaking rhyme patterns into a complex flurry of hand signs. / Mic
NYLE DIMARCO SIGNS 'STAR-SPANGLED BANNER' AT NBA FINALS
Nyle DiMarco was invited to perform the National Anthem in ASL for game four of the 2016 NBA championship in Cleveland before the Cavaliers took on the Golden State Warriors. The huge honor had all eyes on DiMarco as he stood on the court and performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” entirely through sign language as the crowd sang along. He follows in the footsteps of Marlee Matlin, who has performed the National Anthem in ASL at three Super Bowls, including this past February. / Gossip Cop
See Also NYLE DIMARCO GETS COZY WITH KARRUECHE TRAN AFTER SAYING HE WANTS TO STAR ON 'THE BACHELOR' / Inquisitr
DETROIT AREA SOCCER PLAYER HEADED TO THE DEAF WORLD CUP IN ITALY
We have a hero right here in Alexis (Lexi) Cano. She’s on the women’s United States Deaf Soccer Team and will head to Salerno, Italy, later this month to compete in the World Deaf Football Championship — the Deaf World Cup. Cano, who is from Woodhaven, has had hearing issues since birth. She wears a cochlear implant in her right ear and uses a hearing aid in her left. She does not use ASL to communicate, but she can read lips. / Daily Detroit
BISHOP HARTLEY JUNIOR HEADING TO WORLD DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
When playing soccer for her school team, Casey King wears a uniform of red, white and blue. She will soon don the same colors — but, instead of “Bishop Hartley High School,” her jersey will read, “USA Deaf Soccer.” Casey, an incoming junior at the Roman Catholic school on the East Side, will compete in the World Deaf Football Championship, unfolding from June 19 to July 2 near Naples, Italy. / The Columbus Dispatch
BOBCATS' JORDAN KOHL TO COMPETE IN WORLD DEAF VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When Texas State outside hitter Jordan Kohl competes at the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships, she must play without her hearing aids as mandated by the rules governing the competition. It will be the first time outside of practices for this event that she will play volleyball without hearing what’s happening in the world around her. The tournament runs from July 6-15 in Washington, D.C. / Austin American-Statesman
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Careers at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
TEACHER OF THE DEAF:
American Sign Language (ASL) positions: Two (2) new vacancies; Family-Centered Early Education Program, birth to 8 years and School for the Deaf, grades 3rd -12th.
Positions report to a Program Administrator, and are responsible to provide ASL and standards-based instruction and support to students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing. Also support teaching staff and parents. Interested persons please visit the CSDB website http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ view the complete official job announcement and to apply online.
Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent Benefits!
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33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: HumanResources@csdb.org; (719) 578-2115 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Outpatient Therapist with Residential Treatment Facility – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum MA/MS in human services required. Must have LCSW or LPC in PA. Minimum 1 year experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
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Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume.
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The Northeast Arc is one of the oldest and most innovative agencies in the state serving children and adults with disabilities.
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